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"What if?" is the burning question our favorite sci-fi movies ask: What if Earth was invaded by aliens or giant spiders? What makes us human once we start bending the laws of genetics and robotics? And if we worked out really really hard, would we ever have Linda Hamilton's arms in "Terminator 2"?
Here are some of the best of the sci-fi genre now streaming on Netflix, including Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer," Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" and plenty of Godzilla and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
1. "Antiviral" (2012) Nr
David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, makes his film debut with this gore-filled horror flick about a company who deals in viruses collected from celebrities since people want to be infected with the same diseases as the ultra-famous.
2. "Barbarella" (1968) PG
The cult film, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy space babe of the title, may be overlong, but it's an eye-popping must-see '60s flashback. »
- Sharon Knolle
Previewing events happening in the next few days: Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days (1995), new work by Péter Forgács and an exhibition curated by Paul Schrader featuring work by Sally Mann and David Salle in New York, Jesse McLean in Los Angeles, four films by Harun Farocki in Barcelona, work by Paul Sharits and Eric Baudelaire in Kassel and a symposium in Vienna on film in the museum with lectures by Nicole Brenez, Jacques Rancière and more. » - David Hudson »
Martin Freeman is having a very good year. He won acclaim (and an Emmy nomination) for TV’s Fargo and more praise (plus an actual Emmy) for Sherlock and recently worked on the BBC’s drama The Eichmann Show. He’s looking to the big screen once again, entering talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle.The story has been adapted from Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, subtitled 'Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan'. It charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002, where with no foreign languages among her skillset and precious little idea how to get between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she was thrown in at the deep end. Slowly but surely, she grew to love the region, even as she became increasingly worried about its future.Fey is playing Barker, and Margot Robbie is also aboard as a hard-charging, ambitious on-air news anchor. Freeman is »
After mastering his English language debut Stoker with the assuredness and deft hand of a true auteur, Park Chan-Wook will return to his native tongue for his upcoming feature, Fingersmith. That commitment aside, doesn’t mean the Oldboy director isn’t fielding offers stateside. According to Variety‘s breaking report today, the South Korean helmer will venture back to the dark side of human nature at some point, as he’s signed on to tackle futuristic sci-fi thriller, Second Born.
Based on an original spec script by newcomer David Jagernauth, the brief synopsis draws comparisons to a range of genre classics. Based on what we know thus far, Second Born will be “set in a futuristic world where consciousness is stored on computer chips and bodies are bought and sold on the black-market. A murdered cop is reborn in a stranger’s body in order to bring down a body-snatching »
- Gem Seddon
Jimmy Carters energy policy, stadium rock, the death of Mao, fall of the Shah, The Sweeney and Roy of the Rovers feature as hot topics among Ian Plenderleiths recommended reads
The 1970s have been much reviled and much revived, as Andy Beckett author of the excellent When the Lights Went Out (Faber) put it so well. Francis Wheens Strange Days Indeed (Fourth Estate) and Alwyn Turners Crisis? What Crisis? (Aurum Press) are also worth picking up. All approach their political and social studies of the 70s with wit and balance. Yet there were subcultural and political phenomena of the 70s meriting their own books. The music, art, fashion and design worlds were all mutating, in their own important ways, as the first arenas of tolerance. Gays, blacks and women were better accepted, setting the trend for subsequent wider progress. In sport and television, not so much.
Thats one reason why »
- Ian Plenderleith
The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie is in the running for a role in Paramount’s upcoming adaptation, The Taliban Shuffle. Based on journalist Kim Barker’s memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the film will be a major departure for the actress should she sign on to co-star.
Heading up the project will be Tina Fey, who’s starring and producing along with her 30 Rock alum, Lorne Michaels. The pic is slated to be a black political comedy, focusing on war correspondent Barker’s experiences during her time spent in the Middle East.
After her turn in Wolf, it looks as if Robbie’s ready to take on a comedic gig, as the part she’s eyeing in The Taliban Shuffle sounds rather caricature-ish. According to THR, she’ll play “a blond, gorgeous and hard-core on-air news anchor who befriends Baker (Fey) in Afghanistan. »
- Gem Seddon
Margot Robbie looks ready to reteam with her “Focus” directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa: The “The Wolf of Wall Street” actress is in talks to join Tina Fey in their next pic, “The Taliban Shuffle.”
Paramount is distributing with Fey and Lorne Michaels producing.
The film is based on Kim Barker’s memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” which recounts her years as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan after arriving in the region in 2002.
Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” wrote the adaptation.
Robbie is about to wrap production on Warner Bros. “Tarzan” and was weighing several offers, including this one. She also has an offer for “Suicide Squad” at Warner Bros., but scheduling must be worked out with “Taliban Shuffle” before she can commit.
- Justin Kroll
Margot Robbie is fielding plenty of offers at the moment. With a potential role in the Warner Bros. Suicide Squad film quickly coming together with David Ayer in charge, the Wolf Of Wall Street actress is also now considering a part in The Taliban Shuffle, which already has Tina Fey attached.The story has been adapted from Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, subtitled 'Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan'. It charts her time as a journalist in Kabul in 2002, where with no foreign languages among her skillset and precious little idea how to get between Pakistan and Afghanistan, she was thrown in at the deep end. Slowly but surely, she grew to love the region, even as she became increasingly worried about its future.Fey is playing Barker, and if she makes a deal, Robbie will be set as a blonde, competitive on-air news anchor that becomes friends with her, »
Strange days have found us. Late summer weekends can yield weird results, but rarely like this. Six of the Top Ten positions changed from Friday, which is rare, as two of three new films declined steeply. Meanwhile several of holdovers enjoyed solid jumps. Last week's top two films switched positions, with "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Buena Vista) returning yet again as the top grosser after having been bested by "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (Paramount) for the last two weeks. Those two films are the shining lights of August, but the less-heralded "Let's Be Cops" (Twentieth Century Fox) had a terrific hold--only down 38%-- to take fourth place. And that wasn't the best hold! Lower-budget sleeper success "The Hundred-Foot Journey" (Dreamworks/Buena Vista) fell only 22% in its third weekend. "Journey" has already outgrossed (with higher marketing expense) the summer's other foody hit, "Chef," and looks to build »
- Tom Brueggemann
When it comes to surveillance video, it's hard to get more disorienting than transitioning from a LiveStream in Ferguson, Missouri to CBS' voyeuristic "Big Brother" and it saddens me that that's what I find myself doing tonight. Between this unfortunate media juxtaposition and some exhausting travel, I can't say that I'm all that involved with what's going down on Sunday's (August 17) "Big Brother," but the job is the job... So let's watch what happens! 8:03 p.m. Oh right. Derrick and Frankie won Head of Household when we left things on Thursday. Interesting... "Big Brother" Voice-Over Man says that tonight will be the last Battle of the Block of the summer. 8:04 p.m. There are only eight people left in the House and Frankie notes that six of them are in his alliance, which means alliance-mates are going up on the Block. Caleb tells us that Victoria and Donny are the obvious targets, »
- Daniel Fienberg
By the time Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995, screenwriter William Gibson had been writing innovative science fiction for almost 20 years. Since his first short story – the brilliant Fragments Of A Hologram Rose – was published back in 1977, Gibson had been making serious waves in the sci-fi community. He's perhaps most well-known for his game-changing 1984 novel, Neuromancer, a dark neo-noir filled with console-cowboys, sentient AIs and virtual reality – all common elements now, but Gibson's work still stands as a milestone in sci-fi literature. Gibson created the term 'cyberspace' and is seen as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk.
It's weird, then, that his novels and stories never translated to the silver screen before the mid-90s. Gibson himself had taken a pass at Alien 3 (though most of his ideas were quickly disposed of, »
Australian ingénue Margot Robbie won loads of attention last year as the trophy wife of the titular Wolf of Wall Street. She's already lined up a full slate of follow-ups, but rumor has it her next endeavor could be a political comedy with the one and only Tina Fey. The crew over at Schmoes Know claims to have an insider on the developing Tina Fey vehicle, Taliban Shuffle. The comedy based on the Kim Barker's wartime memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to have rolled into casting the funny lady's co-stars. Reportedly Margot Robbie is a frontrunner for a role alongside the 30 Rock creator/star. No details on what role Robbie might play have been given at this time. Tina Fey will produce and headline Taliban Shuffle. In the film, she's set to portray the book's author Kim Barker, who was sent on »
"Lucy" will be discussed soon on the podcast but at least one member of Scarjo-loving Tfe refuses to see it. Here's Matthew Eng to tell you why. - Editor
I don't care if Lucy is every bit the gloriously silly and shamelessly outré action fireworks show that gung-ho summer audiences have made into a "surprise hit." I care even less that Luc Besson has managed to curb his own gonzo cheese-fest tendencies to a running time of less than 90 minutes, compared to the ceaselessly spinning tops and chiseled self-mythologizing of every Christopher Nolan movie post-Insomnia. And, though it's been tempting, I finally don't care that Besson and Co. have seemingly put the newly-rejuvenated Scarlett Johansson (so good in Under the Skin; so great in Don Jon) on a pedestal of full-out Film Goddess proportions, in a genre where movies in which women are front and center and not merely »
- Matthew Eng
You could do something similar to what editor Robert Grigsby Wilson has done here taking a look at Lana and Andy Wachowski's The Matrix and pointing out all the moments in the film influenced by, or paying homage to, other films, but it is nonetheless fascinating to take such a trip through film and in this case several martial arts features, anime and even a speech from Philip K. Dick. I've included the list of films just below the video, give it a look and enjoy. 0:27 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:38 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:44 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:48 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:53 - Drunken Master (1978) 1:02 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:09 - The Killer (1989) 1:19 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:21 - Iron Monkey (1993) 1:31 - Once Upon A Time In China (1991) 1:36 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:41 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons »
- Brad Brevet
Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are currently at work on the con-man movie Focus starring Will Smith, but they're already lining up a future project with an adaptation of the memoir Taliban Shuffle. Per THR, Kim Barker's wartime memoir covers her time "as a fish out of water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war-correspondent culture." Reading this brief description, my mind flashes to a potentially cool mashup of Three Kings and Jarhead, but Taliban Shuffle seems like a fun story with plenty of room for interesting takes. Additionally, Tina Fey has signed on to star, and Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey as a writer on 30 Rock, handled the script. While this hints at a more comedic bent, it's important to remember that Fey hasn't »
- Matt Goldberg
Having wrapped the Will Smith movie “Focus” for Warner Bros., John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have signed on to direct “The Taliban Shuffle” for Paramount and producer Tina Fey, TheWrap has learned. Fey will produce through her Little Stranger banner, along with Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video. Also read: Tina Fey to Star in, Produce ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ for Paramount (Exclusive) Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” wrote the script, which is based on Kim Barker's memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Fey optioned the book and trusted frequent collaborator Carlock to handle the adaptation. Barker »
- Jeff Sneider
The Costner comeback continues with news that the Academy Award winner is in negotiations to take the lead role in the sci-fi thriller Criminal – currently being developed by Millennium Films. The film would see the actor as an unpredictable and dangerous character, who finds himself in the unusual predicament of being needed for action on the government side of the law. The knowledge and skills of a deceased CIA operative are implanted into his brain, and the shadowy organization asks him to finish the mission.
Criminal has Ariel Vromen attached to helm the project. Having made his first feature film – Simple Lies – in 2005, his most high profile directorial (and co-writing) effort to date has been 2012’s The Iceman – the true story of a contract killer – starring Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer.
- Sarah Myles
Who would you want to direct an action-packed journey around the human body? While I’m tempted to say David Cronenberg, the answer “James Cameron” is probably the more solid proposition and just as well, as his remake of 1966′s Fantastic Voyage has reportedly shifted a little further along the digestive tract with the news that David S. Goyer is on treatment duty.
The story concerns a team of scientists who are miniaturized onto a tiny submarine and despatched into the body of a defected Russian scientist to ensure his survival and obtain his secrets. Richard Fleischer’s original film featured the eclectic casting of Raquel Welch (One Million Years BC) and Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and had the distinction of being novelized by sci-fi master Isaac Asimov (I, Robot). An interesting parallel to Cameron, who hired respected author Orson Scott Card (Ender’S Game) to write up The Abyss back »
- Steve Palace
Animator and producer Bruce Timm hasn’t worked on a Batman animation since 2004, but this year is the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, and DC is making sure we know it by offering all kinds of exclusives and events—among them a black and white, classic-style short by Timm himself: Strange Days.
Check out the length of Batman’s ears. Now that’s 1930s.
To see Timm talk about the development of the short, you can watch this DC “All Access” clip:
Timm co-created the Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series, which is still widely believed to be the hero’s best onscreen representation—and I have to agree. It’s the closest I’ve seen to a real Batman comic-in-motion, movies included (sorry, Christopher Nolan), although that might change if somebody just asked Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo to direct a Batman movie.
Bruce Timm is also scheduled to take »
- Holly Interlandi
"Also take a look @ 'Batman: Eternal', the weekly Batman series launching this week, the work of the new 'Detective Comics' team, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manupal and Ralph Garman's collection of 'Batman' 1966 merchandise..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek ""Batman: Strange Days"...
- Michael Stevens
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